The government has handed over a three-unit classroom block to the Appiadu RC JHS at Appiadu in the Oforikrom Municipality in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
Estimated at GH₵300,000, the disability-friendly edifice has separate places of convenience for both male and female pupils, as well as a common room for teachers.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Oforikrom Mrs Gloria Timah Gambrah, together with the Municipal Education Director, Mrs Dorothy Opare-Baidu, commissioned the edifice, on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, during a visit to some selected schools in the Municipality, as part of the assembly’s obligation to welcome fresh pupils into a new academic year.
The team also visited Kotei-Deduako MA Primary School, Weweso MA Primary School, Oforikrom M/A ‘A’ JHS, Oforikrom M/A ‘B’ JHS, and the Ummul Qural Islamic Basic School, where each new pupil was presented with a package containing exercise books, pencils, erasers, and some pastries.
In addition, the MCE presented a nose mask and a hand sanitiser to each of the pupils and educated them on the need to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Headmaster of Appiadu RC JHS, Mr Anthony Osei Boateng, on behalf of the school, commended the MCE for her timely assistance and more importantly honouring a promise she made to the school, barely three months ago.
According to him, the school was last year hit by a heavy storm, which destroyed the JHS block.
He stated that inauguration was timely because it would reduce class sizes and enable students to observe social distancing during teaching.
On her part, the Municipal Education Director, Mrs Opare-Baidu, urged the pupils to be very independent in order not to come into contact with the virus and subsequently spread it.
“This is not the time to share pencils, food and water”, she told the pupils, adding that "COVID-19 was real and could infect anyone once he or she gets into contact with an infected person".